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Summary

  1. Ally McCoist has offered his resignation as Rangers manager
  2. Man in court charged with the 1998 murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar
  3. Carbon emissions in Scotland are cut by a record 12 million tonnes
  4. Air travellers facing long delays as London airspace closed by a computer fault

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By Laura Cuthill, Louise Sayers and Sandy Murray

All times stated are UK

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Sandy Murray

BBC Scotland news

That's it from #scotlandlive for this week.

Keep up to date with the top stories over the weekend on www.bbc.co.uk/news/scotland

The live page returns at 07:00 on Monday.

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A bitterly cold night to come. Further wintry showers will affect the Northern and Western Isles, Northwest Highlands, Moray, Aberdeenshire, Perthshire and Angus - heavy at first, and combined with strong to gale force wind, will lead to difficult driving conditions. Showers will tend to ease overnight.

For most, it'll be dry with long clear spells and light winds leading to a widespread, sharp frost.

Temperatures in the towns and cities will dip to -2 Celsius. Rural parts of the Highlands, Aberdeenshire and the south will dip to -7 or -8 Celsius.

The Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" warning for ice on untreated surfaces, and all parts are at risk. Warnings for between 2-5cm of snow in Northwest Highlands, Moray, Aberdeenshire, Perthshire and Angus.

Merry Christmas from GSA

It's been a difficult year for Glasgow School of Art, after their Mackintosh building burned down, but their audio-visual Christmas card shows they are looking forward to a brighter future.

Watch the video here to experience the card, which takes the form of a short animated film, and references the events of 2014 in the art school.

Glasgow School of Art card
GSA

The short film was projected onto the Mackintosh Building from 17:00 this evening.

Livingston FC

tweets: URGENT! More volunteers needed to remove pitch covers at 9am tomorrow morning. As many as possible please

Did McCoist make the right decision?

BBC Sport

Scotland

What do former Rangers player Steven Thompson, and McCoist's former team mates Derek Ferguson and Jorg Albertz make of Ally McCoist's decision?

We've asked the former and current players to

give their reaction to today's announcement by the Rangers manager.

Twitter pic, Ally McCoist
BBC

Bear NW Trunk Roads

tweets: Still heavy snow on #A9, pic from gritter this afternoon @ Ralia. Treatments & patrols to continue tonight #srivesafe

Snow on road
Bear NW Trunk Roads

McCoist looking ahead to tonight's match

Ally McCoist is quoted on the Rangers website looking ahead to his team's match against Queen of the South tonight. He says: "Every team can do more - it doesn't matter whether it is Rangers or Real Madrid.

Ally McCoist
SNS

"We set out to win games and the best way to do that is scoring goals and playing attractive football. To win games is our job but it is also to put on a good footballing show.

"The most important thing from my point of view is the team's performance on the park and the results. Whether there are 1,000 people watching or 50,000 the job is still the same.

"You've got to focus on going out and getting results and winning games of football - that can't change and it won't change."

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

Transport Secretary describes air traffic control problems as "unacceptable" and "of the utmost concern" #nats

Bolted together

Lightning

struck 5,000 times across the Western Isles and northern Scotland during Wednesday and Thursday, according to an energy provider.

Map
Shepd

Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD) said the strikes were the cause of the most damage to electricity supplies during the storm.

McCoist resignation - Analysis

Tom English

BBC Scotland

What an unseemly mess this has become. Ally McCoist and the Rangers board are in a stand-off and nobody can be sure who will blink first.

You'd hesitate to give McCoist advice, but if he's had enough of life in this job then he should quit and announce that he is not talking a penny in compensation, unlike so many others in the abject tale of Rangers' demise.

From the moral high ground he could announce that's he going to write a book and will expose some of the things that have gone on in the last three years.

A last act for which the fans will love him forever.

Library visitors boom

Edinburgh's oldest public library has seen its

visitor numbers treble after a major refurbishment of its music and children's collections.

Central Library on George IV Bridge, Edinburgh
Google

Central Library on George IV Bridge has reported visitor numbers up by 188%.

A dedicated craft space, nappy changing and an under-fives room were added and a Lego Club was introduced. Book lending is up by 45%. The new music library has increased visitors by 26%.

Is McCoist on board?

BBC Scotland's

Alasdair Lamont this picture of the Rangers players boarding the bus at Murray Park to head to Dumfries. However, it is not clear whether Ally McCoist was on board.

Alasdair Lamont picture of Rangers bus
BBC

But BBC Sport Scotland's Keir Murray says: If the board has rejected his offer to resign, you imagine he must be in charge of the team tonight so as not to be in breach of his contract.

Big Yin

The Scotsman

tweets: Billy Connolly has topped a poll asking the public to pick a living Scottish celebrity to host for Christmas dinner.

Billy Connolly
BBC

Read the full story here.

Elgin City v Berwick Rangers postponed

BBC Sport

Scotland

Tomorrow's match between Elgin City v Berwick Rangers is postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Air traffic control system restored

NATS tweets: The system has been restored. It will take time for operations to fully recover. Info
here.

We apologise for any current delays. Every possible action is being taken to resolve the situation.

Rangers resignation rejection

Keir Murray

BBC Scotland Sport

So, what are we to make of our understanding that the Rangers board will reject Ally McCoist's offer to resign?

It would seem, on the face of it, that such a response would be based on Rangers' limited finances, that they could not afford to pay him a year's salary as a pay-off? He is believed to be earning more than £400,000 per annum and is on a 12-month rolling contract.

Or is it the case that the board want him to stay and the reason is not financial? Perhaps they see McCoist as the rallying figure for the support, whose numbers at Ibrox are beginning to dwindle after two years of phenomenal backing in the third and fourth tiers of Scottish football?

Or, from McCoist's point of view, is this a back-me-or-sack-me move? Again, this seems unlikely, but it puts the ball in the board's court. As things stand, McCoist is to take the team's match in Dumfries this evening.

Airport 'operating normally'

Angie Brown

BBC Scotland, Edinburgh and East reporter

Edinburgh Airport says the terminal is operating normally and there are no queues at the check-in or ticket desks.

It's waiting to hear if BA will cancel flights to / from the London Airports as a result of knock on disruption.

Passengers are being advised to check with their airline before travelling to the airport.

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

In Fife, the A985 just east of the Longannet roundabout, between Kincardine and Culross is closed following an accident near Bordie Farm. Police are directing traffic.

In Edinburgh, reports of an accident on Milton Road, and traffic's slow on Niddrie mains Road at the Wisp crossroads.

The A9 between Inverness and Tomatin is closed because of heavy snow and the A93 between Spittal of Glenshee and Braemar has been re-closed. Other roads affected by the weather include:

  • A939 Cockbridge to Tommintoul
  • A923 between Tealing and Glamis,

The A93 at Glenshee is now open, while the Skye and Dornoch Bridges are open but have strong winds.

Glasgow airport delays

Glasgow Airport tweet: There may be some delays due to issues with air traffic control which are being resolved. Please contact airline for specific flight info.

Glasgow International Airport
PA

No comment from Rangers over McCoist reports

Rangers have refused to comment on reports that Ally McCoist has offered his resignation as manager. A spokesperson for the Ibrox club offered a brief "no comment" in response to the claims.

The Rangers players met at the club's training ground, Murray Park, at 15:00, as is the norm before an evening match.

Some flights taking off

Despite long delays to flights in and out of London Airports, there are limited number of flights being allowed to take off and land and some planes are being held on the runway just now.

International flights could also be affected, so if you are due to fly out this evening, no matter where you're flying to, check with your airline before you set off and expect delays.

McCoists's resignation - Your reaction

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Alex Hood, Aberdeen: I think Coisty has called the Board's bluff on this one. They have been threatening to take action and sack him, now he offers his resignation and it appears they are backtracking. Just shows how weak and clueless they are.

Iain, London: Hope Ally stays. He's the glue holding the club together and the current team is a reflection of the board. There's a great manager in ally but he needs his hands untied. I fear for us now.

Alistair Gourlay: He invested poorly in past-it premier league 'stars' when we should have been preparing for the future. Football was direct and slow. He wasn't good enough as a manager but somehow I'm still sad he will be leaving. A truly great Rangers who was there in our time of need.

Halliburton jobs losses

Oil company Halliburton is to cut 1,000 jobs because of falling oil prices.

The US firm is to make the redundancies immediately and says they are necessary to work through the current market environment.

Oil rig worker
AP

They'll be spread throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Australia.

It is not clear how they'll affect Halliburton's North Sea operation based in Aberdeen.

Airspace 'restricted', not closed

Air navigation service provider NATS have confirmed that a technical problem has been reported at Swanwick air traffic control centre.

NATS Press Office

tweets: Airspace is open. We're restricting traffic volumes in accordance with capability we currently have in our system.

Airspace closure

Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk Text: 80295

London airspace has been closed, leading to knock-on delays at Scottish airports.

Are you in an airport waiting on a flight or are you due to fly soon?

Get in touch by emailing: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk text: 80295 or tweet using #scotlandlive

Plane on tarmac at Cebu International Airport
BBC

Sex attacker nailed by distinctive trainers

A man who attacked women who were strangers to him at their West Lothian homes was

caught due to his distinctive trainers, a court has heard.

Mariusz Cieslar, 26, targeted his two victims at night at their Livingston houses in April and May 2014.

Mariusz Cieslar
Spindrift Photo Agency

The 26-year-old Pole attacked one as she stood having a cigarette in her back garden. The second woke to find Cieslar in her bed beside her.

He admitted assaulting both women with intent to rape.

McCoist's resignation - Your reaction

via Facebook

Doug Maclean: A legend for the club and the man who stood above all in the chaos caused by Craig Whyte. Sadly he did not translate his greatness into management and the lack of improvement and poor youth policy has made this the right decision. Well done Ally for everything you have done for Rangers and taking this brave decision which will be ridiculed by small people. Lets hope we see you back amongst us soon.

Gavin Coley: No manager worth his salt will go NEAR this job, with the club teetering on the brink! They could have a month or so to go before administration hits them!

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Strictly come serving

Judy Murray has served up 'ace' sporting tips to teenagers at The Active Academy at Glasgow's Emirates Arena today, leading tennis coaching sessions as part of the BBC's UK-wide initiative, Get Inspired.

Judy Murray at Bbc Get Inspired event
Tina Norris/BBC Scotland

Judy said: "I'm passionate about encouraging sport at grassroots level and it has been terrific to see so many young people trying a range of different activities.

"It has been a great year for sport in Glasgow and events such as these are important in building on the momentum of the Commonwealth Games."

London airspace closure

Edinburgh Airport

tweets: London airspace is closed leading to delays to some flights. Please check with your airline for the latest flight info

Edinburgh Airport
BBC

A spokesperson added: "Due to a computer failure affecting London airspace we are experiencing delays on all flights which are due to travel south.

"We are monitoring the situation closely and are doing all we can to minimise disruption for our passengers.

"We encourage passengers to contact their airline if intending to travel this evening."

Coming up on Newsdrive

BBC Radio Scotland

  • the latest on the closure of London airspace due to a computer failure
  • Labour MSP Jenny Marra on the human trafficking bill which she initiated
  • Former Rangers defender Craig Patterson on Ally McCoist's resignation offer

Listen in from 16:00 on 92-95FM, 810 MW, on digital radio or

online

Rangers to reject McCoist resignation

BBC Sport understands Rangers will reject Ally McCoist's letter of resignation.

Most of the board are in London for the next 48 hours and no talks are planned.

Keep up to date with the continuing saga in a special

BBC Scotland live text.

Cancer charity retreat struck by lightning

Repair work is underway at Malcolm Sergent House in Prestwick after it was hit by lightning during Wednesday night's storms.

The lightning hit a chimney, causing damage to the main lounge, and then travelled along the roof damaging pipe work. No-one was injured.

CLIC Sargent top with logo
BBC

The retreat is run by charity CLIC Sargent and the families staying there for respite care had to be moved to a local hotel.

The charity said it hopes to have the repairs completed quickly so other young cancer patients will still be able to enjoy a festive break.

London airspace closed

Flying to or from London? Prepare for delays.

London airspace is closed until 19:00 because of a computer failure.

McCoist's resignation - Sport stars reaction

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Professional golfer

Marc Warren: "Ashamed to be a Rangers fan right now, how some of the fans can treat someone who represented us at our darkest time and gave his all."

Scotland and GB athlete

Lynsey Sharp: "The club needs some sort of stability #fortheloveoftheclub #Rangers"

Restaurateur denies sex assaults

The

operator of an award winning Dumfries restaurant has denied sexually assaulting four former waitresses.

Dumfries Sheriff Court
BBC

Robert McAleese, 38, who runs Little Italy, told Dumfries Sheriff Court that he enjoyed banter and jokes with his staff.

He said he denied trying to put his hand up the skirt of a waitress he met in a nightclub. Instead he said he put his hand to her waist to hear what she was saying.

North sea platform evacuated

Around 300 workers are being taken off a North sea platform after a fire left a nearby vessel drifting without power.

Energy company BG says its gradually taking workers off the flotel at its Lomond installation by helicopter.

The Norwegian vessel caught fire this morning and is currently around 12 miles away.

Tugs are being sent from Aberdeen to take the vessel under tow. The Lomond platform is about 145 miles east of Aberdeen.

Police appeal after child approached

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

Police in Inverness have appealed for information after a man approached a young child and tried to speak to them near a primary school in Inverness.

Police said the youngster responded in the correct way and the man made no attempt to engage with them or any other pupils.

The incident happened near Drakies Primary at about 15:15 on Monday.

Police jacket
BBC

The school has held special assemblies and sent letters to parents to make them aware of the incident.

Police said the man was described as being between 30 and 40 years old, about 5ft 6in tall, white with facial stubble.

He was wearing a black beanie hat, brown zipped jacket and blue jeans.

McCoist's resignation - Background

Keir Murray

BBC Sport Scotland

McCoist's time as Rangers manager has coincided with calamitous events off the field, with the fall-out from the financial crisis still keenly felt.

Charles Green bought the club for £5.5m when it was on its knees but the money that he and his consortium raised by way of a share issue has been spent.

While McCoist enjoys a far bigger playing budget than the teams he is facing in the Championship, the standard of player is below what McCoist and the fans enjoyed in the days of winning nine league title in a row in the 1990s.

Dean Shiels' second-half strike gave Rangers victory against Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Championship.
BBC
Dean Shiels' second-half strike gave Rangers victory against Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Championship.

The frustration of some has spilled over in recent weeks into chanting about McCoist, as Rangers won one match out of four.

However, they returned to winning ways on Saturday as they beat

Cowdenbeath 1-0 in a poor display in front of 19,000 fans at Ibrox.

Man due in court in connection with Govanhill sex attack

A man is due to appear in court in connection with a serious sexual assault in Glasgow's Govanhill area.

The 29-year-old was arrested and held custody following an incident where a 24-year-old woman was attacked on Dixon Road in the early hours of Monday, 19 May.

Police at the scene
BBC

Police Scotland launched a high-profile inquiry after the attack.

A report is being prepared for the procurator fiscal and the man is due to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

All the latest on McCoist's resignation

You can keep up to date with all the latest news, updates and background on

Ally McCoist's resignation as Rangers manager on the
BBC Sport live page.

McCoist sport livepage
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Text 80295, or comment on the

BBC Sport Scotland Facebook page with your reaction to the decision.